Thu, Oct 12, 2017 08:30 AM -
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 06:00 PM
Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington DC 20007
GLOBAL PENSIONS CONFERENCE 2017: SAVING THE NEXT BILLION FROM OLD AGE POVERTY: GLOBAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL ACTION Visit here for event details: http://pinboxsolutions.com/conference.html On 12 Octob...
GLOBAL PENSIONS CONFERENCE 2017:
SAVING THE NEXT BILLION FROM OLD AGE POVERTY: GLOBAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL ACTION
Visit here for event details: http://pinboxsolutions.com/conference.html
On 12 October 2017, pinBox Solutions, in collaboration with the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and with the support of UNCDF-PFIP and CEM Benchmarking, are co-hosting a roundtable for a global launch of the new book titled “Saving the Next Billion from Old Age Poverty: Global Lessons for Local Action”.
The Book is co-edited by Parul Seth Khanna, William Price and Gautam Bhardwaj and features insights from 42 authors representing some 20 countries that have collaborated with pinBox on this global initiative.
This invitation-only roundtable will be the first of a series of similar regional meetings aimed at jumpstarting a global dialogue and collaborative action on digital pension inclusion and coverage expansion in developing countries.
Senior policymakers and practitioners representing governments, central banks, pension regulators, insurers and pension funds, multilateral and bilateral aid agencies and think-tanks from over 30 countries are participating in the October roundtable. They will review key learnings from past efforts in both financial and pension inclusion and discuss new ideas for expanding pension coverage to low income non-salaried informal sector workers. The book and the roundtable focus specifically on leveraging digital financial services infrastructure including ID and digital payments for pension inclusion and matching this with best practice in pension design to benefit the end-user.
An important objective of this forum is to help develop scalable and sustainable models and replicable strategies for delivering an integrated pension, insurance and payment solution to unbanked, informal sector individuals across countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Coverage of formal pension or provident fund arrangements in most developing countries is restricted to salaried public and private sector employees. On average, such programs cover less than 15% of their paid workforce. The remaining workers, including farmers, small shopkeepers, daily wage earners, street vendors, domestic help and other non-salaried informal sector workers are usually excluded from formal pension arrangements. With rapidly rising life expectancy, most of the excluded informal sector workers will need to accumulate enough lifetime savings to support themselves for at least 20 years after they are too old to work. This may be hugely challenging as the majority of these workers usually face modest, intermittent incomes that may produce only tiny irregular savings for retirement. For a majority of these individuals therefore, and equally for the governments concerned, a vital issue is the management of the longevity risk with the cessation of earnings in old age. The opening session will set the context for the discussions on key design and implementation considerations for developing countries aiming to establish inclusive pension arrangements for their excluded citizens.
Registration and Breakfast
Opening remarks Parul Seth Khanna Director, pinBox Solutions
Overview of the key themes from the Book William Joseph Price Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Finance and Markets, World Bank Group
Special address Dr. Joel Hellman Dean, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Keynote: Leveraging fintech to bridge the pension coverage gap Sopnendu Mohanty Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Inaugural Subhash C. Garg Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs Ministry of Finance, Government of India
Global Book Release: Saving the Next Billion from Old Age Poverty: Global Lessons for Local Action
TWO: LEVERAGING EXISTING DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PENSION INCLUSION
Rapid advancements in IT, telecom and digital payments have had a powerful impact on the ability of governments to deliver targeted benefits to low income households. Simultaneously, technology is reshaping financial services access and delivery, especially for low income citizens. Pension exclusion, on the other hand, continues to be a gigantic fiscal and social challenge for many countries where nearly 90% of the workforce is excluded from formal pension programs. It is feasible to achieve universal access to contributory pension programs, and overcome the challenges with KYC and identity (for verifying ownership of benefits deep in the future) by integrating microPension systems with the national ID platform. Also, as pension policy and regulatory efforts gather momentum and begin succeeding at scale, millions of citizens in each developing country will need a secure, convenient and affordable mechanism to channel potentially tiny retirement savings, month after month over multiple decades, to regulated fund managers. This will directly impact both voluntary savings discipline and the value of benefits that subscribers receive. Digital (paperless and cashless) pension solutions will also lead to dramatically lower costs and fees and are therefore especially relevant for developing countries. In this session, three global experts will examine the role for ID, digital payments and insurance in expanding microPension coverage.
Chair Dr. Margaret J. Miller Global Lead, Financial Inclusion, The World Bank
Discussants Sopnendu Mohanty Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Raghu Malhotra* President, MEA, Mastercard (via video)
Ernesto Brodersohn Senior International Consultant
Ernest Amartey-Vondee Director, National Pensions Regulatory Authority, Ghana
Dr. Shem Ouma Managing Director, Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (CENFRI)
Open discussion and questions
THREE: BUILDING A MASS MARKET FOR VOLUNTARY PENSIONS
Most of the critical elements of a solution needed for radical expansion of pension coverage to non-salaried informal sector workers already exists in many developing countries – biometric national IDs, digital payments, third-party outreach through bank agents and cooperatives, regulated fund management and insurance firms, a committed regulator, a large latent demand and strong political will. Countries that decide to launch a DC pension program based on voluntary individual accounts will therefore need to focus specifically on two key areas in addition to the design of the pension itself: (a) developing an IT platform capable of issuing and managing millions of portable individual pension accounts, financial services ecosystem integration (ID, payments, product providers), program administration, process automation, payments reconciliation and accounting, claims settlement, single-window uniform services access and enabling real-time monitoring of functional obligations and process compliance by service providers, and (b) establishing a dedicated “mission office” or PMU that is both responsible and empowered to implement an inclusive program and achieve mass-scale coverage and persistent savings in a mission mode. In this session, the authors will outline the key functionalities of a technology platform needed for pension coverage expansion and the experience with a mission office approach to managing the implementation of national programs. The mission office discussion will include U.K.’s experience with automatic enrolment and India’s financial inclusion effort that produced 250 million bank accounts in less than 2 years. The session will also include comments and real-life experiences from 5 countries that are implementing microPension programs for non-salaried workers.
Chair Gautam Bhardwaj Director, pinBox Solutions
Discussants Mission Office: Darren Ryder Executive Director, The Pension Regulator, U.K.
Rwanda: Eric Rwigamba Director General, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Rwanda
Mexico: Dr. David Tuesta Chief Economist, Financial Inclusion Unit, BBVA
Uganda: David Nyakundi Bonyi Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority, Uganda
Kenya: Nzomo Mutuku Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Benefits Authority, Kenya
Pacific Islands: Denton Rarawa Governor, Central Bank of Solomon Islands
Chile: Dr. Javier Bronfman Professor of Public Policy, School of Government, Adolfo Ibáñez University
Open discussion and questions
FOUR: DELIVERING OPTIMUM RETIREMENT OUTCOMES
Pension programs in most developing countries will target citizens with fragile labour market attachments, low intermittent incomes, frequent migration across jobs and locations and limited knowledge of and access to banking and other formal finance and payment services. The ability of low income informal sector workers to voluntarily lock-in savings over multiple decades would be further constrained by low insurance access and uptake. Developing countries would need to specifically focus on achieving low transaction costs to ensure that high fees and charges by intermediaries do not erode modest pension contributions. In this session, five global experts will share excerpts and key lessons from their chapters on financial capability, investment returns and governance, managing costs and designing suitable benefit structures. The session will also discuss learnings from formal pension programs including the 401k plans in the US for developing countries and equally lessons that OECD countries may draw from the innovations being observed in pension and financial inclusion across the developing world.
Chair William Price Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group
Summary Insights: Product Design Considerations Financial Capability and Retirement Literacy Dr. Elisabeth Rhyne Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion
Investment outcomes John Ashcroft Principal, JA Pension Consulting
Managing Costs Mike Heale Principal, CEM Benchmarking
Payout Options for Mitigating Longevity Risk Evan Inglis Senior Vice President, Nuveen Asset Management
Governance Dr. Dorothee Franzen Managing Director, Avida International, Germany
Learnings for and from OECD countries J. P. Neal Senior Consultant and Retirement Leader, Willis Towers Watson
Open discussion and questions
FIVE: REPLICABLE MODELS AND COLLABORATIVE ACTION
Achieving comprehensive coverage and sustained voluntary micro-savings discipline by millions of people with limited knowledge of and access to modern finance will require sustained energy, imagination and collaborative action on a variety of fronts by a range of stakeholders. Various multilateral and bilateral aid agencies are already actively supporting financial inclusion as well as pension reform and coverage expansion efforts of developing countries. It may be feasible (and desirable) for various aid agencies to pool resources for technical assistance and support for pension inclusion initiatives.
Chair Paul Beckett Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Discussants Carlos Ramirez President, CONSAR, Mexico
Md. Muslim Chowdhury Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh
Loi Bakani Governor, Bank of Papua New Guinea
Michael McCord President, MicroInsurance Centre
Krishnan Narasimhan Deputy Programme Manager, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program, UNCDF
Parul Seth Khanna Director, pinBox Solutions
Open discussion and questions
Close of Roundtable | Reception